Review: ‘True Blood’ Season 7, Episode 6, ‘Karma’ Takes the Fast Lane to Boring Town

Review: 'True Blood' Season 7, Episode 6, 'Karma' Takes the Fast Lane to Boring Town

Folks, I was at Comic Con this weekend, but I admit I didn’t
even attempt to go see the “True Blood” panel, so I apologize for
failing as a reporter. I did happen by the Warner Brothers booth while there
was a cast signing though, so I can definitely confirm that Anna Camp is SUPER
pretty. 

Speaking of which, Camp was all over this exceedingly dull episode,
as it’s revealed that Sarah Newlin’s blood is the antidote for Hep V. But
first, Eric fights a bunch of Yakuza and surrenders himself when they capture
Pam. Because apparently a perfectly-healthy Pam is no match for some goons,
while a dying-on-his-feet Eric can take out whole squads of them without much
effort.

Long story short, Eric and Pam wind up in an uneasy alliance
with the Yakamoto corporation to find Sarah Newlin, but only after an extended
debate on who, exactly, gets to kill her. Who had “murder
negotiations” on the list of things “True Blood” would do with the
precious little time it has left? Congratulations on winning your office pool! 

Sarah gets away again, but not before healing her Hep
V-infected vampire sister, so at least one of the primary vampire dudes is
going to get healed before the end of the series. My money’s still on Eric
kicking the bucket, since the show seems so determined to get Sookie and Bill
back together. 

Bill’s Hep V turns out to be SUPER AGGRESSIVE, as he
manifests symptoms all over his body in the course of a single night. He goes
to his lawyer’s in order to get his affairs in order, only to find that the
waiting room is filled to capacity with other infected vampires. This is one of
those scenes I wish the show would do more of, showing how vampire culture
works in the real world. It’s also pretty interesting to see a bunch of immortal
beings having to confront their newly-reawakened mortality. The show doesn’t do
much with it, but it’s fun to think about.

Unfortunately, the lawyer tells Bill his will is invalid
because of some anti-vampire legislation and only offers to help if Bill can
cough up ten million bucks. In an intriguing twist, Bill loses his cool and
murders the lawyer and her vampire bodyguard, and it’s unclear if his outburst
is due to the Hep V or if Bill is just a dickweed.

Poor Sookie figures out that Bill got the Hep V from her,
since one of the infected vampires exploded all over her a few episodes ago. In
a rare turn for a “True Blood” character, Jessica reacts to the news
that Sookie gave Bill Hep V with compassion and understanding rather than
yelling and running away at super-speed. 

TARA GHOSTWATCH 2014: She leads Lafayette and Lettie Mae on
a merry hallucinogenic chase and digs a bunch of holes in the ground. What this
is leading to is still unclear, but the Reverend finally breaks up with Lettie
Mae. At least he can lead a drama-free life now. Good for him! In other news, I
have no interest whatsoever in this storyline.

VAMPIRE KEITH WATCH: Completely absent from this episode!
Boooo!

There were several other plot threads this episode, each
more boring than the last! Adilyn and Wade take the news of their parents’ impending
nuptials in the worst way possible and start having sex. Andy and Holly have a
lengthy, sitcom-level argument about it. Jason decides to break up with Violet.
Violet takes Jason cheating on her about as well as you expect her to, and
makes plans to eat Adilyn. I didn’t sleep through all these scenes, I was just
resting my eyes! 

Nicole tells Sam that she’s moving out of Bon Temps, and
she’d like him to come with her. Sam tells her that Bon Temps is the only place
he’s ever felt safe, and Nicole correctly tells him that is an insane thing to
think. Honestly, who would WANT to live in the monster murder capital of the
United States? Everyone listen to Nicole from now on!

GRADE: C-

Jeff Stone loves cartoons, wrestling and hour-long prestige cable dramas. You can follow him on Twitter @WheelbearGo.

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Comments

LW

At least this writer hasn’t been drinking the Compton kool aid. And Eric won’t be the one dying.
The whole B/S nonsense is far too obvious and has been shoved down the audiences collective throat just a little too much for that to be the real endgame.
7 seasons of the most tediously dull and annoying character played by an actor with the charisma and talent of a wet rag.
What a wasted opportunity. It’s now 0 for 2 on these characters. First the author screwed over the story and her readers and now TB intends to emulate her crappy choices.
SMH…

Diane

It’s amazing to me how these die-hard TB fans have a fascist attitude towards critics who don’t like the show! Mr. Stone is a professional writer and has the right to put down whatever words he wants. If his reviews hurt your feelings, then you should go elsewhere!
Jeez… :P

Kayles

Please have someone who actually enjoys the show review from now on, cos your opinions seem to be tainted by a dislike for the show in general, therefore you should not be writing this.

Geronimo!!

Did you not see Bill and his maker murder that woman and her husband in a flashback? Virus, Lilith, whatever can’t make Bill do something he was going to do anyway.

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